Blue light accidents toll

2009-02-28 00:00

A staggering 34 KwaZulu-Natal VIP unit vehicles have been involved in accidents since the beginning of 2006.

That’s according to the DA’s KZN spokesman for Transport Radley Keys, MPL. Yesterday he released a statement saying that the figures, brought to light in response to parliamentary questions, show that of the eight out of 10 MECs who responded to the questions, the department for Social Welfare has the highest number of accidents.

“Records reveal that 11 VIP vehicles from MEC Meshack Radebe’s department of Social Welfare were involved in accidents during this period. This is followed closely by the department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, with nine accidents,” said Keys. He added that KZN Premier S’bu Ndebele has failed to respond to questions posed by the DA.

Keys said the total costs incurred by Social Welfare for repairs to vehicles was more than R200 000, while two of the department’s vehicles had to be written off.

“Records from the KZN Health Department revealed that there were six accidents during this period, while Bheki Cele’s department of Transport and the department of Housing and Traditional Affairs both recorded four accidents.”

Keys said it has also been established that a Mr M.D. Dlamini, a VIP driver with the department of Transport, has written-off a luxury vehicle in Gingindlovu. “This is the same driver who was caught speeding on the N3 near Howick. After his arrest, senior officials ordered his release and he went on his way, only to write off the vehicle later the same day in Zululand.”

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